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Language: Old English
Origin: godsibb 'godparent, close friend', from god 'god' + sibb 'relative'

gossip

1 noun
     
gos‧sip1
1 [uncountable] information that is passed from one person to another about other people's behaviour and private lives, often including unkind or untrue remarksCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
piece of gossip the latest gossip juicy/hot gossip (=interesting gossip) idle gossip (=gossip not based on facts) common gossip (=something that everyone knows and is talking about) office gossip village gossip British English exchange gossip (=talk about other people's private lives with someone)
gossip about
Here's an interesting piece of gossip about Mrs Smith.
Do you want to hear some juicy gossip ?
She had no time for idle gossip.
It was common gossip how he felt about her.
You miss a lot of office gossip when you have a day off work.
On Sundays all the men gather in the square to exchange local gossip.
2 [countable usually singular] a conversation in which you exchange information with someone about other people's lives and things that have happened:
Phil's in there, having a gossip with Maggie.
3 [countable] someone who likes talking about other people's private lives - used to show disapproval:
Rick's a terrible gossip.

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